Last week Monday we were invited** to lunch at Rivington Greenwich which is just a short walk from Greenwich station, right next to Picturehouse Cinema.
In fact, a visit here could make for a picture perfect (and fairly budget-friendly) day out: come early for the Picturehouse Cinema Kids Club screening (from just £1.50 per ticket), stop for Kids Eat Free brunch or lunch at Rivington Greenwich, and spend an afternoon exploring the historic London borough.
We arrived fairly late for lunch at 1.30pm. There were already a couple of diners and as we ate, several more tables filled up. Rivington Greenwich is not quite as upmarket as its sister venue Rivington Grill in Shoreditch, but it’s obviously popular with the locals. And it’s still a good-looking joint with two floors of dark wood furnishings, stretch bar and striking artwork on the walls.
The friendly waiters (service was thoughtful and accommodating throughout) quickly brought the kids’ menus and toddler-friendly chunky crayons for colouring in. They also helpfully offered to serve the little ones’ mains while we had our starters. The boys were tickled to order Chish and Fips and delighted by their huge portions. The Kids Eat Free menu also comes with drink and a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
The Rivington Greenwich menu is modern British, seasonal and changes daily. For appetisers, Abiye went for a smoked chicken, Lincolnshire poacher, egg and bacon salad and I enjoyed a very generous half-pint of Atlantic prawns.
Then while the boys played with their toy wrestlers, we tucked into our main courses. Abiye had a large chicken pie that was apparently so delicious I didn’t get so much as a taste!
To be fair, I didn’t ask as I was too busy with my Spicy Spatchcock chicken.
This was not at all spicy in the fiery sense, but very well seasoned and really flavourful. A cup of skinny cut fries and a side order of multi-coloured carrots finished things off beautifully.
I was pretty full by now but somehow can always find space for dessert. I was really tempted by the Devon fudge and the Rivington chocolate truffles, but I struck gold with a totally yummy Burnt Blueberry Cream (crème brulee with a lovely combo of sweet and tart).
Abiye had salted caramel and vanilla ice cream with shortbread. The mister’s been going through a rough patch with his menu picks of late, but I didn’t hear one word of complaint during our lunch!
He’s dined at Rivington Grill and says the food was amazing and we were both very impressed by the quality, portions and price range at Rivington Greenwich. And we were stuffed.
Our plan was to walk it off by climbing the hill up to the Royal Observatory but it started raining too heavily. Instead we ducked into the Old Royal Naval College, had a peek at the Cutty Sark and then rode the Thames Clipper back to London Bridge.
It was a grand day out in Greenwich, despite the rain, and we can’t wait to come back and have a proper tour!
Easter Petting Pen at Rivington Greenwich
Have lunch at Rivington Greenwich on Bank Holiday Easter Monday and your little ones can cuddle up to fluffy bunnies brought along by friends from Spitalfields City Farm. Easter Petting Pen runs from 12-3pm.
Kids Eat Free at Rivington Greenwich is available Mon-Sat, 12-7pm (maximum of 2 kids per paying adult). And from Mon-Fri, 12-5pm, you can visit the Baby & Toddler area on the mezzanine where little ones can play while you relax and dine!
Rivington Greenwich is at 178 Greenwich High Rd, SE10 8NN (Greenwich DLR/rail). Opening hours 10am-12pm (Sat-Sun), 12-5pm (Mon-Sun), 5-11pm (Mon-Sat), 5-10pm (Sun). Tel: 0208 293 9270